Central Districts Field Days brings packed week of agricultural events for Manawatu
A big six days packed with agricultural events and the best offerings from the paddock to the plate lies ahead for Manawatu.
NZ Agrifood Investment week starts with a sheep milking conference and overseas speakers will give insights about the development of the industry and what happens in other countries.
The national milking flock of 3000 sheep has grown ten per cent in the past year. The conference includes visits to sheep milking farms.
This will be followed by a Future Farms conference looking at governance and succession planning and professional development for the farming industry.
IT people will visit the Manawatu dairy farm of Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers president, James Stewart to see what a real farm looks like and to explore new agri-tech solutions for farms.
Other experts will deliver innovative seminars on-site at the Central Districts Field Days in the ASB Innovation Hub, including sessions on livestock water reticulation on hill country. A new study has showed the financial benefits that can come from investing in water reticulation and subdivision in hill country.
The field days are the largest regional field days in the country. The first two days of the field days held at Manfeild Park in Feilding from Thursday to Saturday are often preferred by farmers coming from all over the southern North Island to see the latest agri-innovations and equipment.
Organisers expect 30,000 people would come over the three-day event, supported by 550 exhibitors.
A new 'Cuisine of Central Districts", has been introduced which showed off food and drink from the wider region. The Innovation Hub is another newcomer.
The field days are known known as 'the best day off the farm' for the year.